Hotline Started in Altar Boy Murder Case
Former Officer Looking for New Clues [New Orleans]
August 16, 2004

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A former state police officer turned private investigator has set up a hot line in hopes of finding new clues in the unsolved 1972 murder of an altar boy.

R.C. Stevens created a toll-free number for people to phone in tips about the killing of 13-year-old Daniel Croteau, according to The Republican of Springfield.

The newspaper has hired Stevens to review more than 2,000 pages of recently released court documents on the Croteau investigation. The state Supreme Judicial Court ordered the release of the documents last month.

Croteau was found bludgeoned to death on April 15, 1972, on the banks of the Chicopee River. The chief suspect in the killing is now-defrocked pedophile priest Richard Lavigne. He has maintained his innocence, and has never been charged with the killing.

Stevens, a retired Massachusetts State Police sergeant, now operates a private detective agency in Northampton.

Stevens will also make inquiries into the Croteau murder in the hopes of uncovering a new lead in the case.

He has hired retired police officers to help with the investigation.

The toll free number is 1-877-582-0479.